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Hiking Amidst Beauty and Majesty in a World of Stone: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Program Number: 17440RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/1/2014 - 10/6/2014; 4/8/2015 - 4/13/2015; 4/27/2015 - 5/2/2015; 5/25/2015 - 5/30/2015; 9/2/2015 - 9/7/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. George, Utah
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; National Parks Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience Southern Utah’s extraordinary hiking in the stunning realm of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s vast 1.9 million acres. The monument is a geologic sampler spanning eons of time with a huge variety of formations, world-class paleontological sites, multicolored cliffs, pinnacles and slot canyons.




Highlights

• Each day an expert geologist leads your field study walks and hikes.
• Venture to the heart of the Grand Staircase, traversing its famous Cockscomb formation and slot canyons.
• Study the “risers” of the staircase and discover the earth’s history in stone.



Activity Particulars

Daily hikes up to six miles. Elevations of 8,000 feet. Distance between hikes are substantial and mostly driven on primitive, rough, washboard roads. We utilize 15 passenger vans with a maximum of 8 participants per van. We will be covering approximately 600 miles during the program.



Group size limited to 16 participants.




Date Specific Information

10-1-2014, 4-8-2015, 4-27-2015, 5-25-2015, 9-2-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival St. George, 1 night; van to Bryce Canyon, 1 night; van to Escalante, 3 nights; van to St. George, departure.



Coordinated by Dixie State University.




Escalante

The Escalante area was settled in 1875 and the town named after Father Silvestre Velez de Escalante, who had passed through the region in 1776. For bikers, fishers, golfers and skiers, Escalante is a gateway to the grandeur of southern Utah and a handy base for exploring Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and several national parks.



St. George

The largest city in south-central Utah is at the center of the region's arches, mesas, pinnacles and buttes, in close proximity to Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon national parks, as well as Lake Powell and prehistoric archaeological sites.



Kanab

Colorful sand dunes, lava flows, lush fields of alfalfa, and stark mesas: This Southwestern city is a picturesque gateway to the area’s scenic destinations, including the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, as well as Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks.



Accommodations
Dixie College Inn with pool and hot tub and comfortable hotels.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Darrell McMahon

Darrell McMahon has worked in natural resource management for more than three decades and has extensive experience as a wildlife biologist, entomologist and habitat biologist. In addition to teaching college courses in geology and natural history, Darrell has taught at Dixie State University and Southern Utah University the past seven years and has knowledge of natural history, forest ecology and wildlife.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   College Inn
  St. George, Utah 1 night
   Ruby's Inn
  Bryce Canyon National Park 1 night
   Prospector Inn
  Escalante, Utah 3 nights
 College Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The College Inn is located in the heart of the historic district in St. George, six blocks from Dixie State University's campus. The historic district offers restored pioneer homes and buildings. This facility is used specifically for Road Scholar and other educational groups it is not used as housing for college students. St. George has beautiful red rock cliff and lava rock mesa as back drop with larger mountains and rock formations that can be seen in the distance. A lounge area with couches, DirecTV, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment. The rooms do not have phones or televisions, but a public phone is available at the front desk.
  Contact info: 123 East 100 South
St. George, UT 84770 USA
phone: 435-634-2050
web: www.dixie.edu/roadscholar/Location.html
  Room amenities: Each room has two full size beds, private bath, free WiFi wireless Internet, hairdryer, soap & shampoo and individual heating and air-conditioning unit.
  Facility amenities: A lounge area with couches, DirecTV in lounge, free WiFi wireless Internet, a refrigerator, soda pop machine, guest laundry and microwave are available for your use. We also have a beautiful heated pool and hot tub for your enjoyment.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $35 If you want to arrive early or stay over following the program you can arrange to stay with us for $35 per room per night. Please call (435) 634-2050 at least one week in advance during regular business hours to make a reservation.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Ruby's Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Ruby's Inn is the closest accommodation to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah and is the perfect base for your exploration of scenic Southern Utah. We offer the finest Accommodations, RV Park/Campground and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is a destination in and of itself and is the perfect base for area exploration. We offer the finest accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon has been serving travelers since 1916 and is a destination in and of itself.
  Contact info: 1000 South Highway 63
Bryce, UT 84764 USA
phone: 866-866-6616
web: www.rubysinn.com
  Room amenities: Non-Smoking Rooms • Color Satellite TV • Air Conditioning • Direct Dial Phone • In-room coffee/tea maker • Hair dryer, iron and ironing board • High Speed WiFi internet access
  Facility amenities: Indoor swimming pool & spa, large general store,WiFi internet access, eight internet kiosks, laundromat, ATM machines, and one hour photo.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Prospector Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Located next to All American Scenic Highway 12 (one of America’s best scenic drives) and centrally located near Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks. This area is considered one of the most scenic sections of the United States with majestic canyons, mountains and plateaus. Enjoy clear skies where you can often see 80 to 100 miles in daylight and the spectacular stars displays of the Milky Way. Nearby you’ll find plentiful amounts of wildlife such as deer, elk, wild turkeys, hawks and eagles, along with a multitude of other birds and animals.
  Contact info: 380 W. Main
Escalante, UT 84726 USA
phone: 435-826-4653
web: www.prospectorinn.com
  Facility amenities: At the heart of an extraordinary landscape, the Prospector Inn provides comfortable rooms, restaurant on property, TV, phones, free wireless Internet, A/C, gift shop, Coffee in lobby but nothing in rooms microwave available in lobby, iron and ironing board available and provides easy access the the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: please call Call for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00-5:00 PM at the Inn Lobby where you meet your Dixie State College Group Leader and check into your room. You will be staying at College Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 02:30PM in St. George You will be staying at Prospector Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free secure parking behind the College Inn
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. George, Utah
  Nearest city or town:  St. George, Utah
  Nearest highway: Intersate 15 comes right to St. George
  Nearest airport:  St. George for two airlines United Express and Skywest a Delta Connection from Salt Lake City. All airlines to Las Vegas, McCarron Airport.
  From End of Program
  Location: St. George, Utah
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. George, UT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Dixie State University Road Scholar
phone: 435-634-2050
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

17.5 miles

   

Please make reservation at least one week in advance.

 

St. George, UT

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Dixie State University Road Scholar
phone: 435-634-2050
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

17.5 miles

   

Please make reservation at least one week in advance.

 

Las Vegas, NV

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
St. George Shuttle
phone: 800-933-8320 xor4356288320
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$34.00 one-way, $55.00 round trip (Subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

When making reservations inform them you are with Road Scholar and they will pick you up right at our front door at the College Inn. We recommend booking a Shuttle that arrives at least 2 hours prior to your departure to account for Las Vegas traffic delays. Check schedules and make reservations on their website: (http://www.stgshuttle.com/las_vegas_to_road_scholar_to_las_vegas.php)

 

Las Vegas, NV

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
St. George Shuttle
phone: 800-933-8320 xor4356288320
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$34.00 one-way, $55.00 round trip (Subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

When making reservations, inform them you are with Road Scholar and they will bring you right to our front door at the College Inn. Book your Shuttle at least 1 hour after arrival time. Terminal One arrivals, meet the shuttle on Zero Level. Terminal Three arrivals, go to zero level, exit door 55 and take Airport Shuttle to Terminal One Zero Level. Make reservations by phone or at website: (http://www.stgshuttle.com/las_vegas_to_road_scholar_to_las_vegas.php)

 
Driving Directions
  Interstate I-15 St. George, Utah is easily accessed on I-15. Travel from north or southbound I-15, exit at St. George Blvd. It is exit number 8. Turn and travel west on St. George Blvd. (If you are arriving from the north, you turn right onto St. George Blvd or if from the south you turn left.) Travel west 9 blocks to 200 East Street. Turn left and travel two blocks. At 100 South turn right. Travel 1/2 block to College Inn. The address is 123 East 100 South. Enter the parking lot on the east side of the building. Free parking is available behind the building.
Elevation Note: The highest elevation at 8,300'. We walk various trails and view points.

Equipment Requirements: We suggest you bring walking shoes with good tread and hiking poles for the daily outdoor exploration. Some hikes may include getting your feet wet.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and introductions in the College Inn classroom.
(Wednesday, October 1)
   
 Arrive To: 3:00 - 5:00 pm (Mountain Time) Arrive at the College Inn for check in. The College Inn is located at 123 East 100 South in St. George, Utah. It is about 6 blocks from the Dixie State University Campus.
 Dinner: 5:15 pm - Transfer to Dixie State University's Red Rock Cafe for a delicious banquet dinner.
 Evening: Following dinner have a brief welcome orientation and overview of our daily activities and itinerary.
   
Accommodations: College Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument with our geologist!
(Thursday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Enjoy a continental breakfast at the College Inn which includes hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, milk & juice.
 Morning: Check out and depart for exploration into the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Hike Lick Wash, a 2 to 4 mile round trip. This slot canyon excels in beauty and adventure and the added benefit is that it's remote and quiet.
 Lunch: Box Lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Our afternoon hike in the Grand Staircase takes us to Willis Creek Wash, a 2 to 4 mile round trip hike. It's an amazing slot canyon adventure with narrow cliff walls and a flat, stony stream-bed path to walk through. Towering slickrock forms the walls of this incredible slot canyon. Check in at hotel.
 Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Buffet Dinner at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet & Steak Room including BBQ Beef & Pork Ribs, Baked Chicken, Asian Orange Chicken, Baked Pollock, Cornbread, Soup & Salad.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Ruby's Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Travel through the heart of the Grandstaircase
(Friday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast at Ruby's Cowboy Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.
 Morning: Check out of hotel and travel the Cockscomb Road - this takes us through the heart of the Grandstaircase. Hike Lower Hackberry Canyon. This hike is one of the more scenic and popular canyon routes in the western half of the Monument. We'll venture 2-3 miles upstream from the southern end of the canyon, enjoying the cool canyon environment with its shallow flowing water and steep canyon walls.
 Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we explore Cottonwood Narrows Wash, a 2 mile hike through a beautiful Navajo Sandstone canyon accessed through a small valley of dramatic red and white rocky outcrops. We'll then travel along Cottonwood Canyon road for a visit to Grovesnor Arch. Grosvenor Arch is a unique double arch located about nine miles southeast of Kodachrome Basin State Park. The massive sandstone formation stands 152 feet high and spans 92 feet.
 Dinner: Dutch Oven Dinner at Wild West Retreat. Including BBQ Chicken Breast, Dutch Oven potatoes, Dutch Oven baked beans, coleslaw, scones with honey-butter and a Brownie Sundae for dessert.
 Evening: Geology, ecology, flora & fauna class in meeting room.
   
Accommodations: Prospector Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike and explore the Grand Staircase Scenic Beauty!
(Saturday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Prospector Inn Cafe.
 Morning: Enjoy scenic back-country as we travel on the Hole-in-the-Rock trail. First we take a short hike to Covered Wagon Wheel Bridge then onto Cedar Wash Arch. We'll then take a short drive to the many hoodoos and uneven pillars of sandstone at Devils Garden.
 Lunch: Return to the Grandstaircase Escalante's Visitor Center for a visit and lunch break.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon we'll hike the sandy bench along the upper Escalante river, one of the premier hikes in the GSENM. As the river carves through the Navajo Sandstone the cliffs gradually rise from 400 to over 1,000 feet above the serpentine canyon. The soaring walls are often glazed with dark blue desert varnish. Participants will have to wade through ankle deep fords at several crossings. A huge alcove appears at the base of the North wall after 2.8 miles, where you will carefully discover ancient petroglyphs a link to the past Native Americans who once walked this same trail.
 Dinner: Dinner at Prospector Inn.
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Prospector Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Calf Creek Falls hike in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument/Capture awe-inspiring sunset and create incredible memories!
(Sunday, October 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Prospector Inn Cafe.
 Morning: This morning's scenic hike is to Lower Calf Creek Falls, a 6 mile round trip. The crystal clear waters of Calf Creek take a 130' plunge over a sandstone cliff into a transparent pool of cool water.
 Lunch: Box lunch
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll hike Long Canyon Slot, a short half mile hike into a bright red wall narrow canyon. Its towering walls shoot 600 feet up towards the crisp blue skies creating a stunning color contrast. We then proceed on to a 1 mile hike out to strike valley overlook at the end of the Burr trail. Here we have the best view of the waterpocket fold, a 100 mile long monocline which is the heart and soul of Capitol Reef National Park.
 Dinner: Closing dinner at Cowboy Blues. A local favorite featuring delicious home cooked meals in a Western decor setting. Choose from BBQ Ribs, Baked Trout, Grilled Steaks, Blackend Salmon, or Fajitas. Save room for pie or cheese cake for dessert.
 Evening: "The surroundings were such as to exalt....this place of rugged grandeur and isolation" --Zane Grey, Wild Horse Mesa
   
Accommodations: Prospector Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning hike Bryce Canyon National Park
(Monday, October 6)

Note: Independent departures at 2:30 pm.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Prospector Inn Cafe.
 Morning: 7:30 am - Check out Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park and hike Navajo Loop Trail. This trail takes us down the rim from Sunset Point, through the narrow corridors of Wall Street, past the Silent City, past an intersection with Queens Garden Loop Trail, and the top of Peekaboo Loop Trail, before ascending the rim of the amphitheatre again at Sunset Point. The trail requires hikers to descend 800 feet down the side of the Bryce rim, and then at the end of the hike to climb right back up that slope.
 Lunch: Box lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Return to St. George. Independent departures after 2:30 PM. The shuttle to Las Vegas leaves the College Inn at 3:30 pm which will get you to the Las Vegas Airport at 5:15 pm. If you need to stay an additional night to catch an earlier shuttle to Las Vegas Airport there will be no charge for your room. At the trails end, we leave you with this parting thought! "May all your trails be crooked, winding, leading to the most amazing view..." Edward Abbey
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. George, Utah Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes
There are 27 Historic Sites, restored pioneer buildings and homes all within walking distance of the College Inn. When you arrive, we have a map highlighting each building or home. During the summer months a special tour called St. George Live is offered. The guides dress in pioneer clothing and tell the history as though they were the pioneer that built the home, etc. If you only have a little time to visit the historic sites, you will want to include the following. Brigham Young's Winter Home 67 West 200 North; St. George Tabernacle located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Tabernacle St.;St. George Opera House 200 North Main Street; St. George Temple Visitors Center 250 East 400 South. For additional information, visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/historic_downtown.htm
  Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center
The Visitor Center offers information, exhibits, and a 22-minute award-winning film which plays on the hour and half-hour. Publications and maps are available for purchase through our Bryce Canyon Natural History Association. We generally go to the visitor center as part of your Road Scholar program. You may want to spend additional time here. Transportation on the Bryce Shuttle is availble May 15-Sept 30. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/brca
  Escalante, Utah General Information
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Visitor Center is about 2 ½ blocks Petrified Forest State Park – about 1 mile Includes a lake and canoeing Anasazi village is 35 mi. Art galleries in town For additional information, visit www.escalante-cc.com/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Geology


Author: See list below


Description: Geology – a Golden Guide, by Frank H.T. Rhodes, 1991, St. Martin’s Press, N.Y., ISBN 1-58238-143-7. $6.95 Utah‘s Spectacular Geology, Lehi Hintze, 2005 The geologic story of Utah’s landscapes and how they came to be. $29.95 The Colorado Plateau, Don Baars A comprehensive guide to the Colorado Plateau. $19.95 The Practical Geologist, Dougal Dixon, Raymond Bernor, 1992 This book is a great introductory guide to the basics of geology. Great diagrams, pictures and is well written. $16.00 Geology Underfoot in Southern Utah, R. Orndorff, R. Wieder, D. Futey, 2006 A hands on book about getting out among the rocks. Explores 33 sites in Southern Utah. Tells of ancient eruptions, deserts, seas, swamps and movements of massive rock units over eons. $18.00 Beyond the Visible Landscape, W. Kenneth Hamblin, 2004. A unique book that consists of a series of panoramic photographs taken from the air. Focuses on the fundamental features of the landscape. Contains excellent diagrams & descriptions of the geology in the photographs. Hardbound $65.00



Books about History


Author: See list below


Description: Books about History Heart of the Desert Wild, Greer Chesser. 2000. Award winning book about the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM). It covers a variety of topics from geology to history. The photography and design of this book are outstanding and remains the definitive book on the GSENM. Softbound. $24.95 A Roadside History of Utah, Cynthia L. Bennett. 1999. Compelling stories of Utah’s exceptional people. $18.00 Hole-in-the-Rock, David E. Miller. 1966. If you want to learn more about one of the epic pioneer journeys in American History this is the book. It is area related and is a good read for those interested in history. $16.00 Highway 12, Christian Probasco. 2005. Popular with travelers along Highway 12. It features a unique look at the history, people and their perspectives on this very special corridor. Softbound $16.95. Outlaw Tales of Utah, Michael Rutter. True stores of Utah’s most famous robbers, rustlers and bandits. $10.95



Books about Flora


Author: See list below


Description: Wildflowers of Southwestern Utah, Hayle Buchanan. 1992. Text covers flowers, shrubs and trees in their various life zones from Zion, Bryce and Cedar Breaks. $7.95 Canyon Country Wildflowers, Damian Fagan. 1998. A field guide to common wildflowers, shrubs and trees. $19.95 Sagebrush Country a Wildflower Sanctuary, Ronald Taylor. 1992. A field guide to common wildflowers, grasses and shrubs of the Great Basin. $14.00 Great Basin Wildflowers, Laird R. Blackwell. 2006. A guide to common wildflowers of the High Deserts of Nevada, Utah and Oregon. $22.95 Wild Plants and Native Peoples of the Four Corners, William Dunmire & Gail Tierney. 1997. A valuable book for anyone interested in plants, people, and cultures of the Colorado Plateau. $22.50 Wildflowers of the Mountain Southwest, . Meg Quinn 2000. A field guide to common upland wildflowers. $12.95 Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest, Meg Quinn. 2000. A field guide to common desert wildflowers. $9.95



Books about History (more)


Author: See list below


Description: Basin and Range, John McPhee. 1980. A book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in juxtaposition with travels in the modern world---a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring them to light. Includes a history of the geologic time scale. $14.95. The Dominguez- Escalante Journal, Ted J. Warner. 1995. Their expedition through Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona in 1776. $12.95 Over the Rim, The Parley P. Pratt Exploring Expedition to Southern Utah, 1849-50. William and Donna T. Smart. 1999. In the winter of 1849 fifty men set out from Salt Lake City on an arduous expedition to explore Southern Utah. $19.95 Echoes from the Cliffs of Capital Reef National Park, Max Robinson, Clay Robinson. 2004. Enlightening reminiscences of Capital Reef National Park. $6.95. Standing Up Country, Gregory Crampton. 1964. A lavishly illustrated history of the scenic beauty of Southern Utah. $16.95. The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons, by J.W. Powell; Dover Publications, Inc., New York. This book combines two of J.W. Powell’s voyages into one epic adventure. $10.25 Beyond The Hundredth Meridian by Wallace Stegner; Penguin Books 1992. A penetrating and insightful study of the adventures of Maj. John Wesley Powell. $10.75



Books about Native American / Prehistory


Author: See list below


Description: Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art, by Leslie Kelen & David Sucec 1996. Publication that features rock art and ruins of the native cultures of the southwest. $18.00 Those Who Came Before, Robert and Florence Lister. 1993. Southwestern archeology in the National Parks. $17.00



General Reference


Author: See list below


Description: A Naturalists Guide to the Canyon Country, David B. Williams. 2000. A wonderful Falcon Guide that uses fine artwork and pictures to introduce the geology, flora, fauna and history of the Canyon Country. $22.95. Four Corners: History, Land and People of the Desert Southwest, Kenneth A. Brown. Great information about the region. $26.00 Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey. 1968. A season in the wilderness is a celebration of the beauty of living in a harsh and hostile land. Edward Abbey was a seasonal Park ranger in Arches National Monument. $10.75 Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner. 1986. The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. The definitive work on the West’s water crisis. $17.00





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